Tuesday, March 26, 2019

My Nana's 90th SUPRISE Birthday Party Recap!

I just want to start by saying thank you to everyone who came out to surprise my Nana for her 90th birthday, it was truly so special for us and most definitely for her. 

When my Aunt KK, told me we should have a surprise birthday party for my Nana, I instantly thought of doing a Mickey Mouse theme. The reason being is because Mickey Mouse turned 90 years just 4 months prior. So it was only fitting right? But of course wanted to go away from the traditional red and white polka dots, and black or the red, white, and yellow theme. My Nana is very girly, and loves to match from head to toe.

Therefore, my aunt had her wear an outfit that would match the rose gold decor. hehe! So the color scheme was red, white and rose gold. I also printed out black and white photos to match the old photos we had of Nana, and her family and friends. 

If know me, you know I am absolutely obsessed with anything Disney, so of course when we decided on the Mickey Mouse theme.... I wanted to get Mickey or Minnie mouse ears for everyone. Luca and myself already had ears. And I actually had rose gold ears for my Nana to wear. So I ended up ordering the rest off Amazon for everyone else. Thought it turned out so good, instead of all of us wearing birthday hats. :)

For location of venue, we booked a room at Cruze Farm in Knoxville, Tennessee. They seriously have the best pizza and ice cream.. And that's exactly what we had. They have so many unique yummy flavors. I got two flavors swirled together which was the two Girl Scout Cookie flavors that they had that day. If you are in the Knoxville area you should definitely go try them out. They have two locations downtown Knoxville off Gay st. and their main location off Asbury. 

Our server was seriously the sweetest, and of course my Nana had to get a picture with her. Cruze farm's uniforms for their employees are so dang cute! 

I set up a "photobooth" wall with two seperate ballon bundles with one of the pictures they had in the room with the Cruze Farm employees. I borrowed Mickey Mouse props from Luca's cousin Cameron :) He just had a Mickey Mouse themed birthday party. Sot it was only perfect to borrow them :)

I could go on and on about how amazing her birthday party was, but I will stop here. Here are some more photos from the party, and the rest of the decor! Thank you again to everyone that came to celebrate :)


Monday, March 18, 2019

3 Ways to Help Soothe a Teething Baby

My son, Luca, has almost 6 teeth now, and let me tell you....finding ways to soothe your teething baby is a life saver. I am sure it hurts so bad whenever their teeth are cutting through, and they can't communicate with you how painful it can be. So all they do is cry and scream, and are uncomfortable. Therefore, I am listing 3 short and simple ways to soothe your teething baby.

1. Nuby's Soothing Tablets

These are so great because it helps calms your baby while they are teething. The teething tablets are made with natural botanical ingredients such as chamomile. A natural choice for at home or on the go. The bottle of the tablets are tiny so they are perfect to fit anywhere in your diaper bag.

The teething tablets do not contain any of the 8 major allergens. Which is awesome!!!

You can buy them here

2. Teething Toy or anything for them to chew on

Luca loves chewing on water bottles, pacifiers, his wooden blocks, pretty much anything really.

Buy teething toy picture above here

3. Make Popsicles

Freeze breastmilk and make into popsicles for your baby to suck on. The cold on their gums really help soothe them. Luca loved when I used to make him some.

Since I am no longer breastfeeding, I put fruit into food dispensers and freeze them. Or you can put the fruit of choice into the popsicle mold, add water, and freeze.

You can buy popsicle molds here


Best Sippy Cup to Prevent Spills & Can be Used at Any Angle

We have gone through countless of different sippy cups. Some would spill/make a mess if Luca turned them a certain way. Or he just did not like them at all. I mean he will tell you when he doesn’t like something or want something... he simply pushes it away. Well y’all, he did not do this with the Nuby 360 Grip n’ Sip cups! *Disclaimer thank you Nuby for sponsoring today’s post, but just FYI all words and opinions are my own.

I was so excited to have Luca try this cup, as I was hoping he would finally like one. And luckily he did. I also love how the cup is clear so you can literally see everything. It’s nice when cleaning because you can catch if mold ever grows. Which mold will grow if you leave any ounce of liquid sitting in the cup. Gross! 

Luca can drink the cup at any angle which is amazing. And the spout is designed to prevent spilling. So no more water everywhere. Yay! 

Shop here for sippy cup 

Let me know if you have tried this sippy cup & what you think. We love it in our household! Our little guy is growing up!

<3 Megan

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

9/10 Month Update

I know.. I know... Luca is now 10 months old, and this picture above says 9 months. Well life has been crazy busy, and I am now just getting around to doing an update. Only one more update after this one, which is his one year update! How in the world is he already almost ONE? I can't believe it. He is just growing way too fast. 

Update time: Luca weighs 19 lbs and is 28 inches long. He was 18 lbs at his 9 month check up, but now being a month later has gained another pound. He is starting to catch up in height, and is no longer in the 10% for height or weight for that matter. Wahoo! I believe he is in the 25% for both. He's perfect in every way.. not too chunky.. not too little.. Just perfect! His thighs are still chunky though hehe! Luca is now in size 4 diapers, and we are currently loving Parasol diapers. For clothing sizes, he is wearing size 12 months, 6-12 months, and 9-12 months. Now, some zip up pjs are super snug on him though, so we mainly stick to him wearing a shift and pant pj set. He prefers them anyway, since he hates getting dressed or changed. 

Luca is now crawling and pulling himself up to stand.. Like what? So crazy. He crawls all over the place and rarely sits still. He has five teeth now. and loves to eat. He didn't officially start until about two weeks ago. So it took him a little longer than I thought to start crawling, but once he figured it out... he doesn't stop haha! 

We actually had some difficulty with him going to sleep after he started crawling because he just wanted to stay playing. Now he is sleeping back to normal, and just a few times fighting sleep. But that is better than every night like it was for a week. 

Luca is still adventurous as ever, well he doesn't really have a choice. He goes where mama goes. In the past couple of months he has traveled to West Virginia, Charleston SC, and enrolled in music class for a couple months. 

While in Charleston, Luca decided to dig his teeth into mama causing sores too the point where I just couldn't handle breastfeeding anymore. I was starting to not look forward to every feeding. So I made the decision to exclusively pump, and then after a month of EP switching to formula. Thankfully the transition went relatively smoothly. Let me know if y'all want me to do a blog post about transitioning from breastfeeding to formula. I made it 9 months exclusively breastfeeding, even though my goal was a year, I am happy I made it to 9 months. Mama is happy now, baby is healthy and happy, and that's all that matters right? If curious, we give Luca Happy Baby Formula stage 2. 

He's seriously getting so big. He is now holding his bottle by himself, crawling, and pulling up on things to stand up. Not only that he is also knows how to pull himself onto his kid couch in his play room. Too big Too big! He also started to wave also. 

We also just enrolled him in baby gymnastics, and will start this week. I am so excited to see him learn, and play with everyone. I think he will love it since he is so active now. 

Luca Loves 

1. Eating. He loves eating table food. Prefers that over baby food any day. His favorite food right now is chicken, broccoli, mash potatoes, pancakes, eggs, and ground turkey. 

2. Being pushed in his stroller. 

3. Playing in the bath

4. Smiling. We love when he does his "cute boy smile"

5. Saying mama. (his first word)

6. Still loving his doggies. Especially Diesel. He gets so happy and excited when he sees them

7. Love his bouncer still, and is starting to really love his walker. 

Luca's daddy/my husband also came home from deployment a couple days after he turned 9 months old! He was so happy to see him. 

Here are so more cute pictures of my sweet boy! That''s all for now for an update. 

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